The Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network has launched the first “smart Rosary”, an app-driven device that aims to foster global prayer for peace. Source: Crux.
Technically called “Click To Pray eRosary,” the small black bracelet with ten rosary beads and a cross was presented yesterday in Rome as a “tool for learning how to pray the Rosary.”
The eRosary is activated by making the sign of the cross, and it synchronises with a free app of the same name that provides access to an audio guide, exclusive images and personalised content about praying the Rosary.
The wearable device was produced by GadgeTek Inc., a tech company dedicated to innovative lifestyle gadgets.
Fr Frederic Fornos, the international director of the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network, said yesterday that praying the Rosary for world peace is something Pope Francis asked from every young person participating in World Youth Day in Panama earlier this year.
“In a world of indifference in comparison to so many injustices, poverty, denied elementary rights,” he said, “praying for peace means being reconciled in our daily relationships, with the poorest, with the foreigner, with different cultures and spiritual and religious traditions, but also with our land, our forests, rivers and oceans.”
The Jesuit priest said that praying the Rosary is a “beautiful spiritual tradition to contemplate the Gospel with Mary,” but that despite being a popular prayer, it’s not sufficiently known, and sometimes it’s even “despised,” seen as a “devotion and a mechanical repetition.”
“This prayer brings our hearts closer to the Heart of Jesus,” Fr Fornos said. “The Rosary helps us to go deep into the Gospel, with its joyful, luminous, painful and glorious, mysteries that speak of our life.”
The device is available on the Click to Pray eRosary website, at 99 Euros ($161), and in Amazon Italy, and will soon be available in every Amazon store. The app, available in IOS and Android, is free and works without the device.
“Pope Francis says that the Rosary is the prayer of his heart,” Fr Fornos said. “He asked last year during the month of October for Catholics to pray the Rosary intensely for the Church.”